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What Volunteers Do

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Volunteering with CFA is not just about firefighting. We welcome different people with different skills.


Firefighting and emergency roles

  • Attending fires – bushfires and structural
  • Conducting fuel reduction burns
  • Attending road accident rescues
  • Attending incidents involving hazardous materials
  • Attending other emergencies including flood assistance
  • Attending other types of rescue

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CFA Volunteers in a classroom

Support roles

  • Community education programs 
  • Fundraising activities 
  • Brigade training 
  • Brigade equipment maintenance 
  • Media and public relations 
  • Multicultural liaison
  • Brigade administration 
  • Junior members program

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Benefits of being a volunteer

Being a CFA volunteer can involve some hard work, but the rewards are great. You can:

  • Develop leadership and people management capabilities
  • Learn new skills that help you in your professional and personal life
  • Receive accredited training
  • Meet new friends
  • Be part of Victoria's largest volunteer team
  • Achieve personal goals
  • Put something back into your community
  • Involve the whole family
  • Receive discounts on goods and services through CFA's Emergency Memberlink program

Watch videos of CFA Volunteers telling their CFA stories. 

Learn new skills

Comprehensive training is available to all new members. The training you will undertake will vary depending on the brigade you join and the role you are interested in, but might include:

  • Basic firefighting
  • Pump operation
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Fire equipment maintenance
  • Endorsed truck licence
  • First aid
  • Leadership training
  • Communications
  • Breathing apparatus

We also encourage you to approach your local Brigade to find out more about different volunteer roles. 

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